Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Giveaway Time...

All I've managed to do this month is go on holidays...what a tough life I am having.
First a weekend at Kangaroo Valley
then a week in Tea Gardens, 
then a 3 night cruise from Sydney to the middle of the ocean and back again.
Australia Day on the Pacific Sun
It's a hard life watching the world sail by!
 I unreservedly take back almost every negative comment I had about going on a cruise.
Rainy start to the 3 day Cruise
Despite the wet weather of the first's a load of fun...most likely becasuse I went with a truly amazing bunch of women, who are all sisters and sisters-in-law.
My Math is one of 11 children (3 girls and 8 boys), so there are 3 sisters and 8 sisters-in-law - we managed to have 8 of the 11 come on the cruise. What a happy, loving, riotously funny, giving and generous group of women.
The wide blue yonder!

Here's a question for all my Australian readers:
Can one have too much of a holiday?
Is it "un-Australian" to want to go back to work??

I've got a few more days to ponder those esoteric questions...

but now you've made it to the best part of this post...


I've made it to 300 posts and 104  followers so I thought I'd reward you all for your tolerance of this rambling blog and run a bit of a giveaway.
The prize will be a sewing kit made to your colour choice.
Here's an example of the ones made for SIT 2011

Also included will be a rainbow charm pack,
of quilt shop quality fabrics, with about 60
5" charm squares. I've been waking up early and cutting out squares,
while all the rest of the household is sleeping in.
It's very therapeutic to do something so practical and repetitive in utter peace and quiet.
some of the charm squares in the giveaway bundle
There are a lot of 'scrap busting' project around on the blogosphere to inspire you - should you be the lucky winner!

What you have to do:

  1. Leave a comment on this post - you will have to be a follower - after all it is meant to reward those who stick with the inane as well as the interesting!!!!
  2. Comments will close at MIDNIGHT (AustralianEasternDaylightTime) on Monday 20th February. Winner will be announced on Tuesday 21 February.
So there you have it! Good luck to all and...

thanks for taking a peek over the fence...


  1. Congrats on 300 posts and over 100 followers!

  2. Your cruise looks like fun! We are heading off on one in a couple of weeks as a second honeymoon, with a stop in Cabo San Lucas. I can't wait!

    Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  3. Wish I was on a holiday! Looks like so much fun. Thanks for the entry!

  4. I think we get to a point where we need the routine of normal everyday life, holidays are never good for routine. Thanks for giving us the chance to win such a wonderful prize.

  5. congrats on 300 posts and over 100 followers. Thanks for the chance to win :) I am a follower

  6. it's interesting hearing your take on a cruise. They have never appealed to me until I had a friend go on one just recently and she raved about it. It sounds like an obligatory membership to Weight Watchers is in order after cruising for a couple of weeks though lol

  7. Congratulations on reaching a wonderful milestone! Enjoy your cruise! That sewing kit is gorgeous!

  8. Congratulations on 300 posts and more than 100 followers! I don't think I'd be a fan of cruises but I suppose I should try before I talk...!
    Thanks for sharing this great giveaway, I'm collecting rainbow charm packs and it would be great to add a few more!

  9. I'm a follower and would love to win a consolation prize for not going on THAT cruise... boo hoo, totally jealous.

  10. Of course you can't have too many holidays!
    I'm in the UK and the weather is cold and grey so just the thought of a holiday in the sunshine cheers me up!!

  11. Oh poor you!! must be exhausted after all those holidays, put your feet up and relax..... duh. I am fed up of winter now I want some sunshine, not sure if I will bet a holiday but I will settle for some warm weather. Hugs xxxx

  12. A new follower #107! ...was actually here stealing - I mean INSPIRED BY - your fabric postcard found with the google. (hopefully I can find it again because I am inspired!! Congrats on 300 posts :)

  13. Oh, I'm so envious of your warm vacation. Stay off the rocks on that cruise ship! I'm a follower and I would love to win your giveaway. Congratulations!

  14. Congrats on both posts and followers (of which I'm one :D)!! The cruise looks fabulous. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

  15. congrats on meeting such huge milestones of followers and posts
    I now follow your blog per blogger:
    You are now following quilary - take a peek over the fence
    Thanks for the giveaway

  16. The vacation seems fun, hope you enjoy it!! :)
    I'm a proud follower! Yay..

  17. Yay! I'm so impressed with your blogging - much more regular than mine ;). Looks like you had a lovely school holidays; hope back-to-school went well.

  18. So glad you enjoyed the reluctantly-attended cruise!!

    And I did a double-take when I saw what you were giving away -- I've been embroidering my tablecloth a lot this week and keep thinking to myself that I really need a little sewing kit! Right now, my tiny sharp scissors, my floss, my needle pack -- they're all just flopping around in a huge bag! What a mess! Was planning to make a kit myself but have a number of other things that must be made/finished first! (P.S. I've had you in my google reader for ages, but now added myself as a follower too to make it all legit.)

    Anyway, congrats on the milestones -- glad you're enjoying blogging!

  19. can never have too much vacation! congrats on your 300 posts

  20. Congrats on reaching the big 3.0.0!

    I have had a few different friends and rellies go on cruises in the past year. Definately an option- and they can cater for kids if needed ;)

    I wish that I was part of a sisterhood like that. I am jealous!

  21. I would love to win this for my DD. I think it would be a sweet gift.

  22. Wonderful cruise pics. Wish I had a posse of women like that. Everytime I go on holiday, I can't wait to get back to work either, so I can have a holiday from the holiday. Ours are always sooooo exhausting!

  23. I dream of going on a cruise someday... sigh...

    I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  24. Congratulations on followers and posts! Vacation is always good, great when you are with your sisters! Thanks for a chance at your lovely giveaway1

  25. Looks like you were having a great time on the cruise. It is a place that forces you to do some relaxing. So much fun.
    Your sewing kits look beautiful. Love all the different colors.

  26. Wow - Congrats on 300 posts!! I am excited about being a new follower of your blog.

  27. I am follower #114 and thank you for the opportunity to win your generous and exciting giveaway.


  29. Your holiday sounds fabulous! It's cold and snowy here, so I love the thought of warm days and sandals :)

  30. It is definitely not UnAustralian to want to get back home after a holiday but I am not sure about work!! After all we are the land of the long green sickie!!!
    Sounds like a great trip though. Glad you had a wonderful time.

  31. I just became a follower of your blog... absolutely love the sewing kit... and of course, always love charms.

  32. Great - another blog to follow with lots of interesting items - I'm going to peek over the fence now!

  33. I love your sewing kit! PLEASE tell me you have a tutorial on making one? I really think it's sooo cute, I'd love to make a couple for gifts. Who wouldn't be thrilled to receive one as a gift? I'm a new follower, I'm not sure how I got here but I'm glad I did. Your Holiday (s) looks wonderful, I hope you enjoyed it. Congrats on your 300 post milestone!!! ;-> Toni Anne

  34. Wow-300 post-awesome for you. I am a follower.

  35. Congratulations on 300 posts and 100+ followers! I hope one day to take a cruise! Looks like fun! :)

  36. Congrats on your milestones (posts/followers). Your 3 day cruise sounds what a large family you have.

  37. Hey, thanks for letting me know about the giveaway, I haven't been very good at keeping up lately..
    Just yesterday I was sifting dismally through my leftover pieces of fabric thinking, now all I need to do is win one of those bundles on a blog giveaway and I'll feel inspired again!
    Looks like you had a great holiday and I don't know about it being "unAustralian" but I don't know if I'll ever actually "want" to go back to work again!

  38. Hi Quilary, how wonderful that you made 300 posts! Thats 300 times you've sat there thoughtfully planning what to say, editing, worrying, photographing interesting events and creations! Always a pleasure to read your words, looking forward to the next 300!

  39. WOW! 300 Posts! Congrats and over 100 followers! Australian Holidays always sound so the states its work, work, work...hustle and bustle..I've never been on a cruise and its been years since a vacation..except for my escapes to my sewing

  40. Good googly moggly - how'd I miss that cruise post? Especially with such a sweet giveaway attached? I mean, gosh, who wouldn't want a free cruise, even if it was to the middle of nowhere and back? Oh, what's that? The prize isn't a free cruise? It's a sewing kit? Ahhhhhh, but if it's one from you, I'm sure it's every bit as good and fun as that cruise!!!

    Seriously - congrats on the posts and following! I don't get her as often as I'd like, but I'm always tickled when I do arrive!!

    And your little green wonky star block is cute as can be!!!

  41. Congratulations on both milestones. I can't wait to read the next 300 posts (even though I get sooooo jealous when I read about your mini-trips and cruises).

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. Congratulations on 300 posts! I am not convinced I could spend two weeks with soooo many people - my husband always says I am not a fan of the human race on such a large scale!


  43. And I remember when it all started...congratulations dear Quilary....the things you do for The Cause. Always interesting here - never inanexxxx

  44. Oh, amigurumi! My son just got into that, but he hasn't tried the lochness monster. Congrats on your 300 followers! I've been one since a bit before Christmas. Love your sewing bag! And rainbow charms are a great idea :)

  45. lol, I was sure I'd entered this back in early jan but looking through it doesn't look like I did :O( So just as well you gave us a little reminder :O) I loved the cruise I went on when I was younger (round bahamas, mexico, nassau etc etc) and its something I'd really like my kids to experience, yours looks lovely and thanks for the giveaway :)

  46. I am so glad you posted up a reminder... I don't know how I missed this post but blogger has been hiding some blogs from me recently.... congrats on your 300 and 100 milestones....

  47. congrats on your numbers ;-)
    I have always wanted to go on a cruise and a 3 day one would be just right for a first timer ;-)
    thanks for the chance to win ;-)


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